Dean of Students Mark Smith's Retirement Announced

In this recent memo to the entire campus community, Vice President for Student Life Frank E. Ross announces the retirement of Dean of Students Mark Smith.

Dept. of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy Colloquium to be Held February 17

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: CII 3051
Description: Dr. David Schaich ,of the department of Physics at Syracuse University, will present "Composite dark matter and the role of lattice field theory."
Contact: Dr. Joel Giedt


Jason Hicken Receives NSF CAREER Award

Jason Hicken, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation. An expert in simulation-based design optimization, Hicken will use the five-year, $500,000 CAREER Award to develop virtual design environments for fluid systems using computer simulations and optimization.

Jason Hicken

Cognitive Science Presentation Scheduled for February 10

From noon to 1:30pm on Wednesday, February 10 in Sage 4101, Cognitive Science post-doc research associate Oliver W. Layton will present "Bridging the gap: visually guided navigation and cortex."

"Paint at the Pub" Event to be Held February 11

Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Where: Rensselaer Pub
Cost: $30.53
Description: Painting in the Pub artist Nikki is coming to RPI to host a paint & sip event at the Clubhouse Pub, so if you're 21 or over and have a valid ID, stop by to paint your own "Wine Pour" masterpiece! Advanced registration is required.
Contact: Rensselaer Union



"Beyond Lecture Capture: Using MyMediasite for Course Videos" Workshop to be Held February 24

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: DCC 240
Description: Would you like to create short video lectures for your course? Did you know that MyMediasite is available and supported on our campus? Please join us to learn more about best practices for preparing and producing videos and to receive an overview of MyMediasite - a free resource for Rensselaer Faculty. This workshop will be held on Thursday, February 24th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in DCC 240. Please bring a fully charged laptop. Please register by February 19th. Space is limited.
Contact: Maureen Fodera and Jenna Pitera


"Writing Learning Objectives" to be Topic of Quick Learn Online Workshop

Thursday, February 25, 2016 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Where: Online
Description: Join us online for a 30-minute Quick Learn session to discuss effective ways for writing your learning objectives using Bloom's taxonomy. A meeting link will be sent out to those who register for the course a couple of days in advance, so please register by Monday, February 22.
Contact: Maureen Fodera and Jenna Pitera


Quick Learn Online Workshop, "Flipping Your Classroom," Scheduled for February 25

Thursday, February 25, 2016 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Where: Online
Description: Join us online for a 20-minute Quick Learn session that will discuss how to get you started in flipping your course! This workshop will offer an overview on the practice for moving traditional in-class lectures onto the web by creating engaging, media-rich content that students access before class. Please register by Monday, February 22.
Contact: Maureen Fodera and Jenna Pitera


From RPI News: Quantum Potential – Where Light and Matter Co-exist

Plasmons, quasiparticles arising from the collective motion of electrons on the surface of a metal, can strongly modify the behavior of nearby light, and could be instrumental in building some of the key components of a quantum circuit.  Esther Wertz -- an assistant professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy in Rensselaer's School of Science and an expert in light-matter interactions -- uses an optical spectroscopy technique known as super-resolution imaging to investigate the light-matter interactions in the vicinity of metal nanoparticles in which plasmons can be excited.

Go from Burned Out to Blissed Out with Meditation!

Monday, February 22, 2016 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Mueller Center
Cost: Free
Description: Spend an hour learning a surprisingly simple yet powerful way to de-stress and get recharged, or, if you are so inclined, get yourself "blissed out" sitting comfortably in a chair. A certified Stress Management Coach with over 30 years teaching and practicing meditation will teach participants a meditation technique clinically shown to help reduce anxiety, control blood pressure and even enhance quality of life.
Contact: Mueller Center